New HDD question?? (macbook)

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by kahn1515, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. kahn1515 macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2008
    OK so I have a 80gb hard drive I want to replace my 60gb hard drive in my macbook with but I have a few questions first...

    DO I just need to swap out the drives then stick in the restore disks then Iam good to go?

    O yea and Iam using the hard drive that cme out of my ps3 which is yur standard 2.5" 5400 drive..will it need to be reformated or anything??

    Thanks guys
  2. myuserid08 macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2008
    Yes it will need to be erased & partitioned, when you boot up with the install disks you can use disk utilities to do this.
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    What is its interface? Your MB needs SATA, not PATA.
  4. Richdmoore macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
  5. Bobioden macrumors 68000


    Sep 23, 2007
    Why not just put the 80gb in an External enclosure and use both the drives?
  6. FloridaBSD macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2008
    Broward County, FL
    Yopu would be better of to hop on over to tigerdirecrt and grab you self a one hundred sixty gb esata 3.6GB trnasfer speed for around 60-100 dollars.
  7. kahn1515 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2008

    OK so how do I erase and partion the drive? Furthermore can I use my g/f's restore disks w/ leopard because I no longer have mine?
  8. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Your best bet is to get an external enclosure or Universal Drive Adapter (from Other World Computing) and clone the internal drive to your 80 gig drive. The steps for this are:

    1. Connect the new drive to the enclosure/UDA and plug it into your Mac's USB port.
    2. Launch Disk Utility and find the new drive (not it's partition, which would show up as a volume below and indented from the drive).
    3. Select the Partition tab and choose 1 partition from the pull-down. Under Options, make sure you select GUID.
    4. Initialize the drive.
    5. Download Carbon Copy Cloner (free) and clone your old drive to your new drive. This will take a couple of hours through a USB port.
    6. Once cloned, replace your old drive with the new one.
  9. eman macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2007
    In the great white north
    I agree, use Carbon copy cloner and clone your hard drive in a USB enclosure.
  10. yayaba macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2007
    San Francisco Bay Area
    You'll need a T-8 Torx screwdriver to access the Macbook HD. Don't get burnt on this step. I was eager to swap HD's on my Macbook until I ran into the screw that I couldn't get out.

    Do you have Leopard? I just restore from Time Machine onto my new HD when I swapped mine out.

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